Kimberly-Clark Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Kimberly-Clark Foundation is broadly drawn to problems and regions of the world that present the most acute need.

IP TAKE: The Kimberly-Clark Foundation tends to direct much of its global health funding to large international organizations, which leaves fewer opportunities for small organizations. 

PROFILE: Since the 1950s, the Kimberly-Clark Foundation has been a quiet contributor to global health efforts. The philanthropic arm of Kimberly-Clark, a multinational personal care corporation, the foundation offers support in the form of grants, in-kind donations, and employee volunteer time. It does not have key health priorities and does not impose geographic restrictions on its grantmaking. Rather, Kimberly-Clark supports projects in developing countries that have an acute need. For instance, Kimberly-Clark delivered medical supplies to rural areas of Latin America and has supported malaria education and treatment in Kenya.

Kimberly-Clark prioritizes regions in which it has an operational presence, which complements its promise to be a "[g]ood employer, a good neighbor, and to support causes that provide essentials for a better life.” Grants range from $300,000 to $600,000 and are offered to only a handful of organizations. Its awards largely support established INGOs in public health. 

While the Kimberly-Clark does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry, grantseekers should contact the foundation if they believe their organization's work strongly aligns with the foundation’s grantmaking goals.


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